Solar bids hit new record low in India

first_imgSolar bids hit new record low in India FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:Two of India’s leading solar power developers have managed to win possibly the largest capacities ever awarded in a single tender in the country.Acme Solar and Azure Power managed to secure the rights to develop 600 megawatts of capacity each in the largest solar power tender issued by the Solar Energy Corporation of India to date. The tender is jointly the largest tender issued in the country ever. Tenders with 2 gigawatts of capacity each were issued by the states of Jharkhand and Telangana.The tender was issued in January this year and attracted bids worth 2.95 gigawatts in the final round of auction from eight developers. Acme Solar and Azure Power each placed successful bids to develop 600 megawatts of capacity. While Acme Solar placed the lowest-bid of Rs 2.44/kWh (3.55¢/kWh), Azure Power secured the capacity at Rs 2.53/kWh (3.69¢/kWh).The bid of Rs 2.44/kWh (3.55¢/kWh) is jointly the lowest-ever in Indian solar power markets.Other successful bidders include Shapoorji Pallonji (250 megawatts), Hero Future Energies (250 megawatts), and Mahindra Susten (250 megawatts). Adani Green Energy also placed a bid for 500 megawatts, but managed to secure only 50 megawatts due to over-subscription of the tender.The reasons for such low tariff bids are multi-fold. One, the developers are free to set up projects wherever they want, and the capacity on offer is very large. Second, the power purchase agreements will be signed with SECI—a government-owned company—which represents very low risk. Third, no charges for transmission of solar power across different states.More: India’s largest solar tender yields lowest tariff everlast_img read more

2nd Melville Camp Counselor Arrested for Sex Crimes, Child Porn

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A camp counselor accused of inappropriately touching children and child pornography possession worked at the same Melville day camp where another man was recently indicted for similar allegations, Suffolk County police said.Jay Marcello, 25, of Wantagh, was charged with criminal sexual act, use of a child in a sexual performance as a sexually motivated felony, sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a child and 100 counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child.Police said he inappropriately touched 14-year-old campers and had inappropriate conversations with campers of various ages at Kenwal Day Camp on Drexel Avenue between July and August 2016.Computer Crimes Unit detectives, the FBI Long Island Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office launched a joint investigation into Marcello after the October 2016 indictment of 34-year-old Keith Meyn of Oakdale, another counselor at the same day camp, authorities said.Keith MeynMeyn pleaded not guilty last fall in Suffolk County court to an 112-count indictment alleging he used an 11-year-old boy in sexual performances and possessed a massive collection of child pornography featuring boys younger than 16, prosecutors have said. He has been held at Suffolk jail since a judge set his bail at $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond.Marcello, who worked as the same camp for the past seven years, was arrested Monday while he was driving to Nassau County BOCES Rosemary Kennedy Center in Wantagh, where he is employed as a substitute teaching assistant, police said. He will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Central Islip.Computer Crimes Unit detectives believe there may be additional victims, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this case to call them at 631-852-6279. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

3 tech trends to help you improve member experience

first_imgWhether your company is “customer-obsessed” or you’re earlier in that journey, improving your customer experience often starts with finding and fixing pain points. From the fix-it stage and beyond, it’s important to explore technology solutions that can help fuel innovation.In the financial services industry, the Finovate conference showcases how fintech can help companies transform, and our live blogging from the September 2015 event unveiled many compelling offerings. Here we’ll highlight three top tech trends that could help you can make it easier for customers to do business with you.1.   Using technology to create a smooth welcome experienceHave you journey-mapped the customer experience of opening a new account? Do your customers have to fill out a lot of paperwork to get started? You may be shocked at how many steps new customers need to take. To set the stage for a more positive relationship, Adobe Marketing Cloud solutions can help you simplify the onboarding experience.As Jim Marous of The Financial Brand noted, Adobe “demonstrated how financial institutions can transform current complex paper forms and document transactions into much more engaging digital experiences, on any device.” continue reading » 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

UHPA: Offer and sale of holiday trips better than last year

first_imgA survey on the state of holiday travel and wintering sales, recently conducted by UHPA among its members, showed that this year the offer and sale of holiday trips is better than last year. Most agencies expect more passengers both in Croatia and abroad. Croatian citizens more often opt for New Year’s arrangements, while they will traditionally prefer to spend Christmas with their families.Advent trips are in full swing and Croatians, when it comes to abroad, prefer to opt for one-day or two-day or three-day bus trips to the surrounding countries, and the most popular destinations are Vienna, Budapest, Prague and Salzburg. Of the Italian destinations, Milan, Tuscany, Verona and Venice are popular. Those with a little deeper pocket will take several days by plane to Lisbon, London, Rome or distant Rovaniemi (Finland). The absolute favorite of Advent trips on the domestic market is Zagreb, where most of the hotel capacities are sold out weeks in advance, so it will be difficult for those who decide at the last minute to find accommodation in the Croatian capital. Immediately behind Zagreb is very popular Čazma with a Christmas fairy tale on the property of the Salaj family. Increased interest in travel during Advent is also recorded in Opatija, Split and Varaždin.The increase in sales of Advent trips on the domestic market is on average about 5%, while abroad it is mostly about 10%For now, the agencies are also satisfied with the sale of New Year’s arrangements. The increase in sales abroad at most agencies is around 15%, while in Croatia the majority records sales at the level of last year’s results or a slight increase of up to 5%. But as sales are still ongoing the final results will be known more in January. In Croatia, arrangements are traditionally most sought after in Opatija, Split and Dubrovnik. Compared to last year, interest in Rovinj, Crikvenica and Pula has increased. Those who want to discover the beauties of continental Croatia, opt for Baranja or the increasingly popular spa. There is a lot of interest in European destinations, and according to the information of the agencies, most of them traditionally plan to celebrate the New Year in Vienna, London, Paris, Prague and Budapest. Of the European destinations, Malta, Sicily, Portugal, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo) are also on offer. This year, too, long-distance trips with guaranteed departures to the very popular Dubai and New York or India, Israel, Jordan, Hong Kong, China and Thailand are on offer.The winter-ski season for travel agencies has long been in full swingCompared to last season, most UHPA members expect good results, with an average growth of 10%. They are still the most popular ski resorts in Austria, Italy and Slovenia. Croatian citizens will mostly go skiing during the winter school holidays, which last from December 27 to January 14, 2018. In the so-called “Croatian Ski Week” from 6 to 13 January 2018, when prices are much cheaper, we will most often see them in Nassfeld, Kronplatz, Livigno, Silliano, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Krvavec and Rogla. Due to the proximity and favorable prices, ski resorts in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina (Kupres and Jahorina) are also very popular, and sales for slightly more remote ski resorts in France are currently at last year’s level.These are mostly individual trips (56%), while organized group trips account for 44%. The agencies point out that the prices of the arrangements have mostly remained at the level of last year and that citizens have the opportunity to receive a number of benefits through special discounts (first minute / last minute offers). Most arrangements (78%) are paid by citizens in installments, mainly by card (56%), while a smaller number opt for a one-time payment either in cash or by card.

last_img read more

Classic aces set for showdown

first_img Press Association The Andre Fabre-trained colt was added to the field for the Group One for three-year-olds at the confirmation stage, for which 15 are listed. Make Believe showed he was one of Europe’s leading milers when beating his stablemate New Bay in the French 2000 Guineas at Longchamp last month, form well advertised since. Make Believe, winner of the Poule d’Essai des Poulains, is set to take on dual Guineas victor Gleneagles at Royal Ascot after he was supplemented for Tuesday’s St James’s Palace Stakes. Richard Hannon has left in Ivawood, who finished third behind Gleneagles in both Newmarket and Curragh Classics, and Estidhkaar, who disappointed on the Rowley Mile. Also in the mix are Aktabantay, Bossy Guest, Dutch Connection, Latharnach and Consort. Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, the lightly-raced Consort took his unbeaten record to two when impressing in the Heron Stakes at Sandown on the Brigadier Gerard card late last month. The Highclere Thoroughbred Racing-owned grey was adding to a maiden win from Newmarket in September. Immediate options after Sandown surrounded the St James’s Palace or the Tercentenary Stakes, and connections have opted to take the Group One plunge. Highclere tweeted: “Consort given green light to run in the St James’s Palace at Royal meeting after pleasing in a piece of work.” Consort has been ridden by Ryan Moore in both of his outings to date, but with the former champion riding Gleneagles, Frankie Dettori comes in for the mount. Highclere added: “With Ryan on Gleneagles Frankie Dettori has been booked to ride Consort in the St James’s Palace.” Already a mover in the market, the Lope De Vega colt was cut to 8-1 from 10-1 by William Hill. Spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke said: “Consort is clearly a talented horse and punters have faith despite his lack of experience.” “The decision was made a bit easier with New Bay winning the French Derby. That franked the form, although it was over a different distance,” said Ted Voute, bloodstock advisor for owner Prince Faisal. “Immediately after the race in France, Andre mooted that maybe we would do that and he was happy with him. “I called him this morning and he said he’d supplemented him. It’s great and something to look forward to.” Fabre is also represented by Territories, who chased home Gleneagles at Newmarket. As well as Make Believe, Prince Faisal retains an interest in Belardo with Godolphin buying into last season’s champion two-year-old. However, Belardo is unlikely to take his chance unless the ground eases considerably. “He’s ground dependent and unless the weather forecast is terribly wrong I suspect he won’t run. The ground needs to be at least good to soft for him to run,” said Voute. As well as Gleneagles, Aidan O’Brien has four other possibles in French Derby runner-up Highland Reel, Sir Isaac Newton, The Happy Prince and War Envoy. last_img read more

Andrew Breitbart encourages bolder conservatives

first_imgConservative political commentator and blogger Andrew Breitbart spoke to students in Doheny Library on Wednesday night, in an event hosted by the USC College Republicans, to highlight the differences between liberals and conservatives.Activism · Andrew Breitbart is the publisher of the blogs BigHollywood, BigPeace, BigGovernment and BigJournalism. He spoke in Doheny Memorial Library Wednesday. – Matthew Wunderlich | Daily Trojan Breitbart said he became interested in politics during his time at Tulane University in the late 1980s. Although he originally held more liberal beliefs during his college years, he gradually shifted his political viewpoints to the right.“I just found myself naturally entering the conservative power realm. I started to realize and think through some of these things that, wherever the left exists, it tries to shut down dissent,” Breitbart said. “Well, I’m a loudmouth and I don’t want to be shut up, so I didn’t like this.”Many view Breitbart as a strict Republican, but he said he is just focused on improving society.“I’m not as political as people think I am,” he said. “I simply care about changing our culture and neutralizing the pernicious influence that the left has on society. They control the megaphone.”Rosemary Meyerott, a junior majoring in business administration, is a new member to the College Republicans who said she wanted to see what Breitbart had to say to USC students.“I wanted to know what he had to share specifically with college students and how his beliefs operate in the university setting,” Meyerott said.Breitbart said he has found that liberals have control over cultural institutions, including Hollywood and American universities, because conservatives have a hard time expressing their viewpoints.He said many of his acquaintances in the entertainment industry, ranging from models to directors to comedians, would tell him about their conservative views, but keep them private for fear of not getting hired.Breitbart said he thinks university professors also hide their true political beliefs for fear of not being able to receive tenure.“Everywhere that I go that reflects the cultural vanguard whether it be USC or Hollywood or the offices of The New York Times you see the same traits of leftist intolerance to other ideas and those ideas reflect a great majority of the American people,” Breitbart said.Breitbart delineated the different definitions of tolerance between those on the left and those on the right.“[The left’s] definition of tolerance is that if you disagree with the proper progressive position of what something is, that’s intolerance,” he said. “You’re living in their little matrix of political correctness where they’re saying if you disagree with us, we’re going to shut you down and call you an ‘ist’ — a racist, a sexist and so on.”Anjali Naskar, a junior majoring in international relations (global business), said she often feels intimidated to speak up in class about her Republican views.“I know that in my classes, I’m scared to speak up because I’m afraid my more liberal professors will throw my beliefs in my face,” Naskar said. “There could be more Republicans in my class, but I wouldn’t really ever know. But Breitbart’s speech got me inspired, so now I’m thinking that I might speak up more about my political views.”Breitbart is the publisher of the news portals and and the blogs BigHollywood, BigGovernment, BigJournalism and BigPeace. His new book, Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World, will be published later this spring.last_img read more

Sommers: FSU could unseat ACC bluebloods

first_imgConfidence isn’t hard to come after the three games that Florida State guard Michael Snaer helped put together over the course of a 10-day span in January.On Jan. 14, the Seminoles beat down then-No. 3 North Carolina in Tallahassee by 33 points, 90-57, in a game that had many (including Hoops America) questioning if North Carolina had the toughness to be a championship team.Perhaps more impressively, following another home win over Maryland, FSU invaded Cameron Indoor Stadium, and Snaer stamped a logo of his own on Coach K Court by nailing a game-winning three-point buzzer beater to end Duke’s near-historic 45-game home winning streak Jan. 21. Snaer completed the 10-day odyssey when he was awarded ACC Player of the Week Jan. 23 due, in large part, to the shot coined “The Dagger at Duke” by Orlando Sentinel writer Coley Harvey.The immense amount of emotion and praise that followed this stretch – which is probably one of the most remarkable runs in Florida State men’s basketball history – made Snaer’s declaration that he was 100 percent confident the ‘Noles will win the ACC understandable. But was it credible? Buyable? Plausible?When Snaer made that bold statement Jan. 24 on ESPNU’s “The Experts,” 11 games remained on Florida State’s regular season schedule, including the upcoming rematch with Duke Feb. 23. Since that prediction, FSU has gone 4-1, which left the Seminoles in a three-way tie with the Tar Heels and Blue Devils atop the ACC with 8-2 conference records.That single loss, a 64-60 defeat at the hands of ACC bottom dweller Boston College, was the type of game that left skeptics wondering whether Florida State has the talent to back up Snaer’s proclamation or find a way to win its first ever league title since joining the ACC in 1991. After all, BC’s upset win Feb. 8 was its first win over a ranked opponent in three years.The only other conference loss for the Seminoles this season was to the Clemson Tigers, a middle-of-the-road squad. So how does head coach Leonard Hamilton – a legitimate National Coach of the Year candidate – explain those types of losses?“That’s the way it is in the ACC; if you’re not on your game, somebody else will be on theirs, and that showed up in the result,” Hamilton told the Associated Press after the loss to BC. “They were hungrier and they were motivated. … If you don’t come with that focus, everybody in the [ACC] will beat you.”Maybe what we’re witnessing is simply a lack of composure due to a lack of limelight experience. Prior to the loss to Boston College, Florida State had achieved its highest AP ranking since 1998 at No. 15.In the remaining three weeks until NCAA tournament time, Florida State will have its opportunity to prove itself and avoid the losses top-tier teams refuse to permit. And Snaer has recognized how important that is since FSU’s failed to grab sole possession of first place in the conference standings.“Starting off the game, what we did, not respecting that team – we weren’t as focused as we should have been, and that caught up with us at the end of the game,” Snaer told the Associated Press. “We get national recognition, and we didn’t handle it well.”Underestimating an opponent shouldn’t be an excuse any longer. The remainder of Florida State’s schedule consists of three home games and three road games with five of them coming against the top seven teams of the ACC. While Duke and Virginia remain the only ranked teams left on the schedule, the final stretch leading into the ACC tournament will be anything but easy for the Seminoles.The best thing for Florida State going forward is the makeup of this team. Six seniors and five juniors, who have been part of three consecutive NCAA Tournament teams under Hamilton, including Snaer (the team’s leading scorer at 13.8 points per game), make up the roster. Upperclassmen leadership should aid in the process of becoming mentally prepared to challenge Duke and North Carolina for the rights to the ACC crown. The last time any team beside Duke or North Carolina won the ACC championship outright was Wake Forest in 2003.For now, it may be best to ignore the loss to Boston College and treat it as an anomaly, as the ‘Noles have still won eight out of nine games after beginning the season 9-6. What they do the rest of the season, especially in the rematch with Duke, is more important than a road loss to BC. Will Florida State back up its leading scorer and win its first ACC title?Despite Snaer’s prediction, it was too early to call it then, and it’s still too early to call it now. Yet, for the first time in quite a while, it doesn’t appear to be an outlandish notion to consider an ACC conference champion that doesn’t sport some shade of blue.Brett is a senior majoring in journalism. Will Michael Snaer’s prediction hold true, or is he just setting himself up for disappointment? Let Brett know what you think by tweeting him at @BAsportswriter or send him an email at read more

FG Congratulates World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua

first_imgThe federal government has congratulated British professional boxer of Nigerian descent Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua who recently defeated Ukranian Vladimir Klitschko to become the unified world heavyweight champion.In a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said Nigeria is proud to be associated with the new unified world champion, whose Nigerian heritage he has publicly acknowledged.“My heart is in Nigeria, My heart is in Britain. I am a Nigerian man by blood, yes,” the minister quoted Joshua as saying in a recent interview, during which the boxer also listed the secret of his success as pounded yam, eba and egusi – all Nigerian cuisine. He hailed Joshua for his humility, despite his success in boxing, and his undying spirit, coming off the canvas after he was knocked down by Klitschko in the sixth round to win by a technical knock out in the 11th round of their pulsating fight.Mohammed said the government will soon invite the new World Heavyweight Champion to Nigeria, especially as he has said he is looking forward to giving something back to the country.Joshua, a Member of British Empire (MBE), represented Britain at the 2012 Olympics in London, winning a gold medal in the super-heavyweight division. He also represented England at the 2011 World Championships, winning a silver medal.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

NFF Demands Dickson’s Action on Siasia Stadium Facilities

first_imgIn spite of the fact that the turf is almost ready, the stadium would still not be able to host a high profile game no thanks to the non availability of a floodlight, scoreboard, public address system, dressing room and even public toilet facilities.It was learnt that the NFF wants the state governor to quickly order the putting in place of the facilities still lacking at the arena if Yenagoa’s hosting right is to become a done deal.“It doesn’t make sense for a stadium to have a world class turf only for it not to have even a dressing room and other complementing facilities. What that stadium requires goes beyond having a pitch. The governor must take urgent step now on this if we are to take the female FA Cup final there,” the credible source stressed further.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Yenagoa’s chance of hosting her first ever national soccer event this October, may be frittered away unless the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, takes immediate steps to complete the upgrading of the Samson Siasia Stadium facilities.A competent NFF source disclosed yesterday that the Glass House in Abuja has resolved to take the final of the female FA Cup now being bankrolled by oil outfit Aiteo to Yenagoa, but the provisional hosting right is tied to the facilities at Samson Siasia Stadium being fully upgraded.According to sources, the NFF President Amaju Pinnick who early this year visited the Samson Siasia Stadium fell in love with the Geo Technology turf being installed at the arena by stadium construction outfit, Monimichelle and wants the state to use the female FA Cup final to showcase the place to the world.last_img read more